IBC 2016: Globecast, Sky, Tricolor partnerships inked as Eutelsat launches new Ultra HD channel | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
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As the competition hots up, Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighbourhood is to launch an Ultra HD channel showing HDR content through a partnership with 4EVER-2, one of a series of deals of its kind announced at IBC 2016.

eutelsat 10 Sep 2016The new HOTBIRD 4k2 HDR channel is showing sports, cultural and wildlife content from the 4EVER-2 consortium, dBW Communication,The Explorers Network and RAICom. The channel is broadcast at 50 frames per second, with 10 bits of colour depth (one billion colours) in the BT2020 environment. Content will be shown on Samsung’s newest Quantum dot SUHD TV that is capable of producing up to one billion colours and offering more than 1000-nit brightness.

In addition to working with the French collaborative project on Ultra HD, ATEME and Samsung to show the appeal of HDR Ultra HD, Eutelsat has announced that it has also signed a framework agreement with Globecast to renew and increase transponder use across the HOTBIRD and is reinforcing its collaboration with Sky Group under a multi-year contract for satellite bandwidth that will serve newsgathering requirements for the pay-TV firm’s UK, German and Italian operations.

TricolorTV, Russia’s fastest growing pay-TV platform, with 12 million subscribers, has officially launched its new broadband service using the high throughput Ka-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 36C satellite. Launched in December 2015, the craft features capacity for TV broadcasting in European parts of the Russian Federation and a high throughput payload comprising 18 Ka-band beams delivering continuous coverage of Western Russia, from the Arctic coastline to the Caspian Sea.

Commented Michel Chabrol, Eutelsat’s senior vice president new TV formats: “This new channel will benefit players in the broadcasting chain who are seeking to acquire expertise in HDR Ultra HD broadcasts. Since Ultra HD blazed a trail three years ago Eutelsat’s strategy has been to support our customers as they embrace the race to the highest image quality. HDR is the newest step in this adventure and one that gives new meaning to the industry ambition to deliver a spectacular and immersive viewing experience.”